SEATTLE – Seattle University softball has hired Alana Aweau and Ashley Thompson as assistant coaches for the upcoming year. The pair joins Head Coach Geoff Hirai, who enters his fifth season at the helm of the Redhawks.
“Coach Aweau will bring wealth of knowledge to this program and be a great mentor these outstanding student-athletes,” said Hirai. “Coach Ash will bring a lot of energy to this program. Our players will be able to pick her brain because she was an elite hitter at BYU."
Aweau spent the 2019 season as a Director of Operations for Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She previously spent time at Division II Academy of Art University, where she was an assistant coach from 2014-2018, with responsibilities that included hitting, outfield, and academics. She coached 18 All-PacWest honorees, including 1 All-American and 2 All-West Region players. In 2018, the Urban Knights reached their first NCAA Regional and broke the program wins record with a 40-18 season. The offense set the program’s highest batting average (.315) in 2017 and in 2018, set single-season records in runs (266), hits (457), doubles (86), runs batted in (240) and walks (163).
Prior to that, she coached one year at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. The 2014 season is still the program’s winningest season in the NCAA Division II era. Aweau also coached at University High School in San Francisco as an assistant coach.
Aweau played collegiately at San Jose State University and later transferred after her freshman year to play for Academy of Art University’s first three seasons, spanning 2009-2011. In her career, she hit .350, scored 75 runs, tallied 91 runs batted in, and currently holds the program's home run record (21).
She received her BFA in Advertising in 2012 from Academy of Art University and earned her Masters in Positive Psychology from the University of Missouri in May 2018.
Thompson was a four-year starter at BYU. She was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2016. As a first baseman, she earned NFCA All-Pacific Region Second Team honors in her junior season. Thompson ranks in BYU’s all-time top 10 in runs, hits, triples, RBIs, total bases, and on-base percentage. BYU won the WCC in each of her four seasons, playing in four NCAA Tournaments. She is now studying to earn her Masters in nursing at Seattle U.
In 2019, Seattle U had its most successful season in program history. It won 40 games, claiming its first-ever WAC regular-season and WAC Tournament titles. The Redhawks advanced to their first Division I NCAA Tournament, beating Fordham in the regional before falling to Mississippi State.